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Mayo councillor calls Donegal's Bundoran a 'shanty town'

Councillor Christy Hyland made the remarks at a meeting yesterday.

Image: Phil Sangwell/Flickr

A MAYO COUNCILLOR has called the popular Donegal seaside town of Bundoran a ‘shanty town’.

Speaking at a meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District of Mayo County Council yesterday, independent councillor Christy Hyland said that signage over pubs had become “gaudy” and that Wesport was in danger of becoming “a shanty town like Bundoran”.

According to The Mayo News, Fine Gael councillor Gerry Coyle responded to the comments by saying, “Bundoran is not a shanty town to be fair”.

Hyland raised the point in connection with signs being erected in the local area without any need for planning permission.

In response to the comments, independent councillor for Killybegs, a town neighbouring Bundoran, Niamh Kennedy, said, “it is very disappointing, we’re on the Wild Atlantic Way which Mayo is on as well.”

It is actually a great wee town altogether and it should be supported. We are trying to encourage tourism here and not put people off.

Bundoran is a notable surfing destination and has for a long time been a domestic seaside holiday resort.

The Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival will be held in Bundoran from 19 to 21 June this year, with a line up featuring Seasick Steve, Maverick Sabre and The Riptide Movement.

Read: Amazing viral photo of an ‘underwater tank graveyard’ off Donegal: the story behind it

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